f your best friends’ marriage is falling apart then beware, yours could also be heading for the rocks.
Researchers have discovered that divorce is catching and spreads like a disease through families, work places and groups of friends.
The domino effect means that if an immediate friend or colleague splits up, your own chance of divorce increases by 75 per cent.
Even the break-up of a friend-ofafriend’s marriage boosts your chances of divorce by a third, scientists say.
Primrose Hill set: Jude Law and Sadie Frost, left, and Meg Matthews and Noel Gallagher, right, were all friends and both couples have since split
The researchers describe the effect as ‘divorce clustering’ – and believe that break-ups within friendship groups force couples to start questioning their own relationships.
They say that a friend’s divorce can also reduce the social stigma of splitting up, even when children are involved.
The findings come from a continuing study into the lives of more than 12,000 Americans living in the New England town of Framingham since 1948.
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